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Care of the Overweight Adolescent Including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2008 - Volume 51 - Issue 2 - p 249-256
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31816d2282
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Obstetrician-gynecologists are responsible for promoting healthy eating and physical activity in adolescents during annual screening examinations. Adolescents with a body mass index for age greater than or equal to the 95th percentile should undergo an in-depth health assessment to determine psychosocial morbidity and risk of cardiovascular disease. Further research is needed to determine the most efficacious approach to the prevention and treatment of obesity in adolescents. For now, it is best to extrapolate an approach from data pertaining to children and adults, while being cognizant of the special psychosocial and physical needs of adolescents.

*Teen Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and UC Davis Medical Center, Roseville

University of California-Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California

Correspondence: Nichole Zidenberg, MD, Kaiser Permanente Roseville, 1600 Eureka Road, Roseville, CA 95661. E-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.